Purification and properties of trypsin-like enzyme from the midgut of Morimus funereus (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae) larvae

Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia.
Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology (Impact Factor: 1.02). 08/2010; 74(4):232-46. DOI: 10.1002/arch.20371
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Trypsin-like enzyme (TLE) from the anterior midgut of Morimus funereus larvae was purified by anion exchange chromatography and gel filtration chromatography and characterized. Specific TLE activity was increased 322-fold by purification of the crude midgut extract. The purified enzyme had a pH optimum of 9.0 (optimum pH range 8.5-9.5) and temperature optimum of 45 degrees C with the K(M) ratio of 0.065 mM for benzoyl-arginine-p-nitroanilide (BApNA). Among a number of inhibitors tested, the most efficient was benzamidine (K(I) value of 0.012 mM, Ic(50) value of 0.204 mM) while inhibition of TLE activity by SBTI, TLCK, and PMSF was partial. Almost all divalent cations tested enhanced the enzyme activity, amongst them Co2+ and Mn2+ stimulated TLE activity for 2.5 times. The purified TLE (after gel-filtration on Superose 12 column) had a molecular mass of 37.5 kDa with an isoelectric point over 9.3. Sodium dodecylsulphate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) revealed one band of 38 kDa, suggesting that the enzyme is a monomer.

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    • "In many ways captive breeding and resource restoration have to go hand in hand. M. funereus is a also a good model for the study of the impacts of various types of stress on insect metabolism (Ivanovicét al. 1975; Stanicét al. 1985; Nenadovicét al. 1986; Ivanovic´1991; Jankovic´-Hladni et al. 1992; Ðord¯evicét al. 1999; Lekovicét al. 2001) and for purification and characterization of digestive enzymes (Božicét al. 2008; Dojnov et al. 2008; Lončar et al. 2010). Recent papers suggest great plasticity of M. funereus larvae, therefore, it is anticipated that M. funereus can be captively bred. "
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